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Wynnum Manly schools celebrate the book launch of Inspirational 2018

Wynnum and Manly primary student writers, MBEEC and author Samantha Wheeler worked together to launch Inspirational.

The Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre (MBEEC) recently teamed up with award-winning author Samantha Wheeler and Julieann Wallace from Lilly Pilly Publishing for a Young Writers Workshop with eight primary schools from the Wynnum Manly school education alliance.

The result was Inspirational ­- a collection of student stories about nature that are wild, sometimes scary, but above all meaningful.

MBEEC principal Dianne Aylward said the activity ran over three days and the students enjoyed their time out on beautiful Moreton Bay with Ms Wheeler and the MBEEC staff.

“Budding student authors examined plot, participated in a range of stimulus activities, reviewed characters and chose a setting,” Ms Aylward said.

“They discussed covering one problem with the arc of the story, rising tension, climax, hints and twists to be being explored.
“Students put their stories together, fleshing out characters and designing their story plans. The classroom teachers facilitated the final drafts before Lilly Pilly Publishing weaved their magic to produce the book.

“Eco themes were used as the basis for the plots. The students spent time on Moreton Bay where sensory challenges enabled them to explore ways to describe what they experienced. A discussion about the health of the bay and wildlife along with a short break on St Helena’s jetty inspired further ideas and story lines,” she said.

The book was launched at Wondall Heights State School on Tuesday 13 November with principals, teachers and parents joining the students to celebrate their achievement.

Congratulations to the Young Writers from:

  • Gumdale State School
  • Lota State School
  • Manly State School
  • Manly West State School
  • Tingalpa State School
  • Wondall Heights State School
  • Wynnum State School
  • Wynnum West State School.
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Last updated
13 February 2019